Stacey Chin Nominated as EFRC Early Career Network Representative

CBES Member Stacey Chin has been nominated as an Energy Frontier Reserach Center (EFRC) Early Career Network (ECN) Representative.  The EFRC ECN has planned many successful events for the EFRC community.  These include virtual webinars on Collaborative Technologies, Academic Interviews, Grant Writing, and Start-ups, as well as meet-ups at the Spring MRS, Spring ACS, March APS, and Fall MRS meetings. 

Stacey will be co-leading a subcommittee that is planning a panel event on diversity and underrepresentation in STEM as well as participating in another committee that is planning social excursions during the EFRC PI meeting in July.

Oliver Dumele accepts Leopoldina Postdoctoral Scholarship

CBES member Oliver Dumele of the Stupp Group has recently been offered and accepted the Leopoldina Postdoctoral Fellowship.  The program is aimed at up-and-coming young scientists from German-speaking countries who have already begun conducting independent research in natural science and medicine. Scholarship recipients are given the opportunity to carry out their own independent project abroad at one of the most renowned research institutes in their field.  Oliver has demonstrated exceptional research ability and scientific achievement with his continued work on CBES projects. 

More information on the Leopoldina Postdoctoral Scholarship program can be found on their website.

Nanoscience expert receives 2016 Dickson Prize in Science

CBES Investigator Chad A. Mirkin has been awarded the 2016 Dickison Prize in Science by Carnagie Mellon University.  This annual prize is awarded to those who make outstanding contributions to science.  Professor Mirkin will accept the award and present his lecture, "Nanotechnology: Small Things Matter" on Februrary 2nd at Carnagie Mellon University.

Read the full article HERE.

Expedition Solar Energy: Emily Weiss Shares the Path to Her Leading Role in Energy Research

Emily Weiss, a Principle Investigator in CBES as well as ANSER, was recently interviewed for the EFRC Newsletter.  Weiss details how and why she chose to study the sciences.  Weiss' research in CBES aims to create artificial materials and microrobots that transport and transform energy in similar ways to living organisms.

Read the full article HERE.

EFRC Fall 2016 Newsletter

First CBES Travel Award Recipient

Congratulations to Syeda Sabrina for being the first recipient of the Center for Bio-Inspired Energy Science Travel Award!

Sabrina traveled to San Francisco to attend the annual meeting for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers to give a presentation on her research titled “Shape-Directed Micro-Rotors Powered by Ultrasound”.  The talk presented shape-directed rotational motion of Au micro-gears (spinners) driven by ultrasound as well as the investigation of the role of asymmetry, size and number of fins on the rotational speed of individual spinners.

For more information regarding the CBES Travel Award please view the Travel Award application form.

Olvera de la Cruz to Receive 2017 APS Polymer Physics Prize

Northwestern Engineering’s Monica Olvera de la Cruz has been selected to receive the 2017 Polymer Physics Prize from the American Physical Society (APS).

Olvera de la Cruz was selected for her “outstanding contributions to the theoretical understanding of polymers and the effects of electrostatic interactions on their structure and properties.”

More information regarding the award and Monica Olvera de la Cruz's research can be found here.


Energy Frontier Research Centers Program

The U.S. Department of Energy has recently released a new brochure regarding the Energy Frontier Research Centers program.  Detailed in this brochure are the research groups that belong to the EFRC and the work in which they are involved.  Also included are related areas of interest and recent research highlights.

The new brochure can be viewed by clicking here.

CBES Travel Award Program

The award will provide reimbursement for registration and travel expenses of up to $750. Travel awardees will be selected based upon the scientific merit of the submitted abstract and relevance to CBES.  Award recipients must acknowledge support of the Center for Bio-Inspired Energy Science in their presentations or posters.  All postdoctoral fellows and graduate students affiliated with CBES are eligible to apply for the award.

More information regarding the Travel Award as well as the application can be found by clicking here.

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Research from the labs of CBES collaborators Samuel Stupp and George Schatz featured in Science

In the January 29, 2016 issue of Science, Samuel Stupp and George Schatz reported on a novel hybrid polymer based on two distinct compartments, one that is covalent and one that is supramolecular, within a single nanofiber. These compartments can be reversibly separated and reconstituted. This type of structure could inspire the design of new types of adaptive materials with the ability to self-repair or for catalytic or energy storage materials that can be regenerated in situ. CBES supported simulations that showed the supramolecular and covalent compartments are integrated through reversibly formed beta-sheet hydrogen bonds. View the full paper here. Also, Northwestern recently issued a press release covering the research findings.

Nature Materials Features new CBES Research on Controlling Energy Landscapes

In the January 18, 2016 issue of Nature Materials, new findings on energy landscapes and functions in synthetic materials were reported from collaboration performed in the Stupp, Olvera de la Cruz, and Schatz groups. It was discovered that the preparative pathway of self-assembled supramolecular systems can determine their final position in their energy landscape, consequently changing their properties as soft materials. For more details, view the full article here.